Chicken Farmer I still love you

… even though we ain't got scratch …


As my central blog, Jnana’s Red Barn offers a monthly merry-go-round of postings on Arts & Letters, American Affairs, Home & Garden, my Personal Journey, original Poems and Poetry Footnotes, Quaker Practice, and a selection of often whimsical photos I call Postcards. As I continue sorting through the goods packed away in its loft, I’m revisiting related  book-length writings that also deserve their season in the air, and I’ve opened four related sites, including this one, for that purpose. Please feel welcome to become a regular guest there.

  • Thistle/Flinch is a free bookstore of my own poetry, fiction, and related work. The private imprint offers original ebooks in PDF editions for downloading to your own computer or printing out on paper, if you desire. Each month adds a new volume to the shelf.
  • As Light Is Sown includes chapter-length considerations of the central Quaker metaphor. Its first entry is an overview that was originally published as Revolutionary Light and considers the unvoiced but startling implications in early Quaker thinking about Christ and the Everlasting Gospel. Other chapters look at the rich and varied ways early Friends expressed their understanding of what they knew as that Light, often in language I find as powerfully compressed as much of contemporary poetry. Each day of 2014 forms a Daybook of a Bible quote, short thought from me, and an Elizabeth Bathhurst excerpt from the first generation of Quakers. I’m especially interested in ways we can advance our own thinking and practice nurtured by the roots of these spiritual ancestors.
  • The Orphan George Chronicles is home to my genealogical findings. Its narratives and research notes center on George Hodgson, who arrived in America as an orphan, and my line of descent from him. Along the way, I also examine the related maternal lines, including my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in Ohio. In addition, the site includes the most complete biography yet of Robert Hodgson, an early Quaker minister who settled in Colonial Rhode Island; his firebrand preaching and escapades confronted the repressive authorities of New Amsterdam and New England, opening the way for religious toleration in the New World.


In addition, my novels are appearing as ebooks at The volumes are available in a variety of digital platforms and may be obtained from many ebook retailers.

My photo boards at Pinterest offer visual perspectives on the people and places that shape my novels and poetry, especially. Feel free to take a look.

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